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Health and Public Policy Committee


Recommend to the Board of Regents College policy regarding national, state or local public policies on issues broadly affecting the health of the public, individual patients, and the practice of medicine.

Composition (15)

Chair, who is a Regent; Vice-Chair, who is a Governor; 11 members, including at least one Regent, at least one Governor, one Resident/Fellow member, one Medical Student, and one Early Career Physician member.

The President and Chair of the Board of Regents are ex officio, voting members.


Chair, Vice Chair, and members-at-large serve one year terms, renewable up to three times for a total of four years, unless extended by the Chair, Board of Regents.

2021-22 Members

Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP, Chair (Regent)
Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
Specialty: Oncology/Hematology

David R. Hilden, MD, FACP, Vice Chair (Governor)
Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine

Micah W. Beachy, DO, FACP (Governor)
VP, Chief Quality Officer and Associate Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP (Governor)
Physician-Owner, Independent Primary Care Practice
Clinical Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
University of New Mexico and Albuquerque VA Medical Center
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty: Internal Medicine

William A. Curry, MD, MACP (Governor)
Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Primary Care and Rural Health
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Lee S. Engel, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Department of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Matt Hollon, MD, MPH, FACP (Governor)
Clinical Professor
UW School of Medicine -- Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership
Associate Program Director, Providence IM Residency Spokane
Spokane, WA
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Suja M. Mathew, MD, FACP (Regent)
Chair of Medicine
Cook County Health
Hinsdale, IL
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Molly Southworth, MD, MPH, MACP (Regent)
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Affiliate Professor of Medical Education
University of Alaska Anchorage/ WWAMI
Specialty: Endocrinology

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA (Regent)
Professor of Internal Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Lead Physician, Summa Health Medical Group, Infectious Disease
Summa Health
Akron, OH
Specialties: Infectious Diseases, IM

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA (President)
(Ex-Officio member)
Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Infectious diseases

Thomas G. Cooney, MD, MACP (Chair, Board of Regents)
(Ex-Officio member)
Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Pranav Mellacheruvu (CSM)
Medical Student
Washington State University, Spokane
Issaquah, WA

Christiana S. Shoushtari, MD, MPH, MS (CRFM)
Internal Medicine Resident
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Chicago, IL

Ankita Sagar, MD, MPH, FACP (CECP)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Brooklyn, NY
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Staff Liaison: Renee Butkus